I’m Never Doing a DIY Project Again

by Lesley on July 12, 2012 · 11 comments

in remodeling/home projects

I’m never doing another do-it-yourself project again.

Home Depot, I hate you.

Joann’s, I hate you too.

Pinterest, I hate you the most.

It is clearly obvious Anna’s birthday party is near, and I have dramatically succumbed to the last minute party planning blues. 

Self, you are in trouble.

Here’s the thing: I am 30 years old and know by now that I’m not exactly a patient, follow-the-directions kind of person. It’s a miracle I can even bake cookies considering how much I like to tweak and tinker and leave out ingredients. When it comes to DIY projects, I follow the same vicious cycle. Perhaps you can relate? Here’s how it usually goes:

Step 1: Get really, really excited about super adorable/”easy” Pinterest inspired project. Let’s just take these balloon yarn chandeliers as a “hypothetical” example.

Step 2: Lug the soon-to-be one year old to Joann’s to buy supplies. Underestimate how much yarn needs to be purchased. Come home and discover I didn’t buy glue.

Step 3: Convince myself it’s too hot to start project.

Step 4: Decide that these paper wheels look cute, and these strawberry basil popsicles would be awesome. Start those two projects first.

Step 5: Realize paper wheels and popsicles are trickier (and more time consuming) than I imagined.

Step 6: Take on the front porch re-do.

Step 7: Watch the temps creep up to 100 degrees for three days straight (!!!) Forbid myself from leaving the house; watch Sister Wives instead.

Step 8: Wait until 8:00pm two days before the party to start balloon chandelier project. All of a sudden, there’s wind! The balloons are popping!  I am covered in glue! This is not fun!

Step 9: Give up and eat a cookie.

Does any of this sound familiar? I know that at least one of you (Sarah H) is thinking to yourself, “This is why I don’t do DIY projects” or another person might be thinking, “She’s 1 years old. Get her a balloon and call it done” (Anna Q).

Sigh. You are all smarter than I.

People, here’s what I realized tonight while up to my elbows in corn starch and glue:

I love throwing parties. I love cute decor and perfect details. But, I can get over the actual creating part really fast. I get really into the ideas, the dreaming and the planning, but I often sputter out during implementation. It’s very easy to go from excited party planner to stressed out and not having a good time party planner. But, I refuse to let stupid chandelier balloons stand in the way of having a great time celebrating Anna. If the projects don’t turn out like I’d hoped, it doesn’t matter. There will be plenty of ice cream and a baby smashing her hands in cake. Can it get any better than that? Nope!

P.S. Are you a DIY person? If so, why? Is it about saving money or the joy of crafting? Maybe a little of both? Can you relate?

 

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11 comments
Rachel
Rachel

i. love. this. post. "give up and eat a cookie" is my life.

Stacey
Stacey

Hahaha, this is so true! I had my own meltdown in trying to think of something crafty for SaraBeth's baby shower. Wait, I also had one in trying to decorate her room. Let's see, actually, there have been several along the way and she's not even out of the womb yet! You're not alone. You should save this post for Anna along with the pictures of her actual party. :)

Lb
Lb

I'm right there with you. Stressing over the 1 year birthday and close to adopting Anna q's philosophy.

Ann Sebek
Ann Sebek

Oh my gosh, I'm laughing outloud!

Lisa @ The Cooking Bride
Lisa @ The Cooking Bride

Alright, so I am the creator of those strawberry basil pops. Last year on Pinterest, I found a recipe for a spectacular rainbow cake that I thought would be perfect for for my son's first birthday. It was a disaster and I ended up serving something from the bakery of Duncan Hines. This year I'm not even throwing a party - it's the grandparents and a few hamburgers on the grill. So yeah, even us crafty people find ourselves in situations where we throw our fists in the air and curse the crafting gods. :) Thanks for linking to my recipe, by the way!

Katie
Katie

Those balloon yarn chandeliers look way to complicated! haha I would give up too.

susan
susan

we do it for the crafting.......cuz I have yet to see a project cost less money!

Ashlee
Ashlee

If it makes you feel better, I wanted pinwheels to hang in Everett's room but didn't have the patience to make them myself so I let my best friend make them for me while I sat next to her at the table eating a block of cheese. True story.

Sarah
Sarah

Aw you're not stupid. Just a sweet mama :). Plus I have to admit I was going to make similar pinwheels for an upcoming baby shower and now I'm all freaked out.

Lesley
Lesley

I would like to add, that I supported three of those magical gnomes for Anna's party. I'm not totally stupid. Just kinda stupid. :)

Sarah
Sarah

Sarah H. would like to add that this is why outsourcing is so important -- there are annoying little people/gnomes who do this stuff and sell it on Etsy.